Following today’s announcement that Coca Cola will close the door on its South Australian manufacturing operations in 2019, Labor calls on the Turnbull Government to move quickly to ensure retrenched workers are given every support possible to transition into secure new jobs.
The closure of Coca Cola’s Thebarton plant, which reportedly will affect around 180 workers, comes after other manufacturing closures including Ford, and the looming shutdown of Holden and Toyota, which may lead to up to 40,000 jobs being lost across the manufacturing industry.
South Australia’s unemployment rate is the second highest in the country at 6.4 per cent and it’s about time the Liberals did something to bring that down.
Our thoughts are with the Coca Cola workers and their families who find themselves uncertain about their future.
It is incumbent on the Turnbull Government to do more to support businesses in transition and their workers.
It can do this by:
Working with industry and state governments to develop an effective jobs and training strategy for every worker forced to leave the manufacturing industry today and over the next few years.
Fast-tracking access to the jobactive network, to let those providers source work and retraining opportunities as quickly as they can.
Preparing for the downstream impact on components manufacturers by backing companies to transition into alternative industries.
The Turnbull Government isn’t interested in securing decent jobs for Australians – they are driven by an easy to hire, easy to fire society.
Labor wants to ensure that workers facing a period of transition can quickly find new, full time jobs.
Policies and support to guide families through this difficult time must be driven and implemented on a local level.
It’s clear that this Government doesn’t have a plan for manufacturing workers who may end up in the same position as the hundreds of thousands of other workers facing unemployment today.
THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT
AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS
THE HON ED HUSIC MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
AND WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION
MEMBER FOR CHIFLEY
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE